Sunday, June 13, 2010

Brand New

"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. - John 12: 23-25

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 13-14; John 12:1-26

There are many tricky metaphors that Jesus uses that have so many different applications. This metaphor of a seed is fascinating to me.

He talks about the seed dying to produce many seeds. I’ve never thought about seeds dying before. Seeds, to me, have always been objects that you put in the ground to make something grow. But the more I think about it, the more I see His point. The seed is a particular state of being. It is a first step in a process of actualization. But in order for that seed to reach its full potential it can not remain a seed.

This is true for us too. As we attempt to grow into who we always wanted to be we have to remember that much of who we are must be shed.

Self actualizing is a process that involves many deaths; but with each death comes a rebirth of a new, greater, more capable self.

We become brand new.

But in order to make that transformation we must first die to our old ways of being and thinking.

We cannot continue to crawl on the ground once we have sprouted wings.

P.S. Parental advisory suggested ;)

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